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Professor Peter Guthrie OBE

Peter is the first Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development in the UK, having held this post since 2000. His research is focused on the assessment of large-scale projects for sustainability, and energy efficiency in buildings, and work has included consideration of mixed developments, mining projects, housing, health, and educational buildings.


Biography:

A civil engineer with geotechnical specialisation by background, Peter has worked in countries such as Nigeria, Lesotho, Sudan, Philippines Ethiopia, and Botswana, and on major infrastructure projects such as London 2012, Orange County Great Park (California), Channel Tunnel Rail Link, CrossRail, West Coast Mainline Route Modernisation and Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester Airports, and major building projects such as Eden Project Phase 4, and large scale schemes for the Prison Service and the Ministry of Defence. He has advised on policy matters related to waste and environment in Russia, Mauritius, Seychelles, Romania and Portugal.

Peter is Director of Research on a research programme on Energy Policy and Efficiency in the Built Environment, supported by Grosvenor, SIG plc and EPSRC, was Principal Investigator for the Cambridge elements of the EPSRC funded Retrofit 2050 Project, the TSB funded project on embodied energy in construction, and the EPSRC project ISSUES as part of the Sustainable Urban Environments programme. He is currently undertaking research on the efficacy of energy efficient measures in 50 NHS hospitals in England, and working with industry to explore the in situ performance of building insulation systems.

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, and is a Non Executive Director of Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, and SolaQuaGen a water purification technology company.

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